Here’s Why Deadpool Is A Massive Success

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After the box office failure of “Green Lantern” back in 2011, there was some skepticism involved around Tim Miller’s newest picture starring Ryan Reynolds. However, a week after its release date, anyone who’s ever doubted Miller’s abilities is now a firm believer, as ”Deadpool” took in approximately $150 million in only nine days, breaking records for both the biggest opening for a February movie and biggest R-rated opening. And with good reason too, because this movie is arguably one of the most realistic and original superhero flicks ever made.

The best thing about ”Deadpool” is perhaps the fact that the movie satirizes everything from 20th Century Fox to Hugh Jackman. Deadpool’s character first officially appeared in the film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and even that moment is made into an object of satire in the film. Breaking the fourth wall is a big no-no in film and that is exactly why Miller chose to do it and do it often. ”Deadpool” might just be the movie that forces Hollywood to rewrite its superhero movie formula. Even Reynolds himself was the butt of several jokes (he was voted “Sexiest Dad Alive” by People magazine and wasn’t successful as the Green Lantern), so what else is there to say about a superhero movie that virtually disses its protagonist?

Another fantastic thing is the unique love story between Deadpool and Vanessa. It’s really a breath of fresh air to see such an atypical romance on screen, as both of them are broken characters with rough backstories. An arc we often see in love stories is the tedious, typical “will we, won’t we” bit, where we virtually have to wait until the end of the movie to get any gratification from the romance-to-be. Miller wisely decided to skip the whole thing and have Deadpool and Vanessa’s relationship flourish during the whole movie, letting their love grow throughout the story.

Of course, the superhero movie formula says that the protagonist has to have a love interest, as well a sidekick. And since Miller’s managed to break all the stereotypes concerning the love story, he did the same with Deadpool’s “ally up to a certain point,” Weasel. At the end of the movie when Deadpool is off to face the bad guy in the final showdown, Weasel drops a legendary phrase: “I’d go with you, but I don’t really want to,” making him the ideal sidekick for a movie like this.

Deadpool isn’t your classic superhero movie protagonist either. He is Wade Wilson, a perverted, foul-mouthed gimp, a mercenary sick with terminal cancer who receives his super powers from an experimental cancer treatment that leaves him cured but horribly scarred and burnt for life, hence the suit. The sadistic doctor that performed the treatment is the one responsible for making Wade Wilson into Deadpool, giving birth to one of the most original superheroes of our time.

What really separates ”Deadpool” from classic superhero movies is that it’s spectacularly dirty. Rated R because of sexual content and extreme violence, there are certain moments that are definitely not suitable for children. ”Deadpool” is an adult comic movie, the first to ever come out in this manner and once you have that particular barrier out of the way, real creative freedom starts to kick in. Making an R-rated superhero movie is a huge risk, but one that Miller was willing to take and one that definitely paid off.

We sincerely hope that Hollywood gets the hint and that ”Deadpool” will serve as an example of what a superhero movie should look like. From the sick humor to the original, intriguing love story and the downright hilarious fourth wall jokes, we don’t think we’ll be getting enough of ”Deadpool” anytime soon. Thankfully, a sequel is already in the works.
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